Farewell to a Special Craniac…

I wrote the following on July 7th – Just six short weeks ago. During my last conversation with Marlene Meyer she shared that she didn’t know how much time she had left but could probably count the number of months on one hand. She was right. Again. Marlene was always right.

I’m saddened to let you know that this gutsy lady passed away peacefully on Sunday. A service to celebrate her life will be held this Saturday at noon at the Concordia United Methodist Church in Prairie du Sac. You can view Marlene’s obituary at this link

Our sincerest condolences to Marlene’s family…

Special Request From a Long Time Craniac…

Marlene Meyer of Wisconsin has been a Craniac for as long as I can recall. As such, she’s always ready with an accurate response to CraneCam chatters’ questions about this project and her quick wit makes her a welcome addition to the ustream chat room.

Marlene has opened her home to the migration team, preparing wonderful meals and has delivered home baked goodies to us at our migration stops over the years, when we’re missing the comforts of home.

Now, Marlene has a special request. This gutsy lady recently shared with us that she has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

When most in her condition (with good reason) would be feeling sorry for themselves – Marlene continues to demonstrate a selfless attitude and has asked that supporters and friends each Give A WHOOP! Both in celebration of her life and in support of the Class of 2014 whooping cranes.

Marlene says “I would appreciate having them each give a WHOOP for me – as a way of raising my spirits and lifting prayers for me. Sort of like lighting a candle for me. I want all my CraneCam chat and Facebook friends to know how much their friendship has meant over the years and love you all so much. I hope to be able to continue watching the fall training online and meeting up with some of you now and then. I’m sure going to try but you know the drill… THY WILL BE DONE. God bless each of you and the Class of 2014. ”

With each WHOOP, please leave a message for Marlene in the Donor Note field. Your tributes will be listed on the Give A WHOOP! Recognition page, unless you choose that it be kept anonymous.

Let’s celebrate Marlene’s life and her wishes for the Class of 2014 cranes…  Marlene, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this journey. We’re grateful for your support for so many years and how much you have contributed to educating others about Operation Migration and whooping cranes.

Give a WHOOP! For Marlene Meyer

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  1. Jeannie Ulrich August 20, 2014 10:07 pm

    I am very saddened to hear of Marlene’s passing. I enjoyed chatting with her. She was such a wonderful welcoming person who was glad to share information and her love of Whopping Cranes with all. She will surely be missed. My condolences to her family. I send healing prayers to you. I will think of her as the 8th Crane flying alongside our Colts all the way to Florida. Soar high Marlene. You are free from human frailty now. RIP <3

  2. Jayne Gulbrand August 19, 2014 4:39 pm

    So sad, what a wonderful woman she was. She will be missed.


  3. marje Lloyd August 19, 2014 4:03 pm

    marlene will be greatly missed , she was a true craniac in every sense of the word, I am sure all craniacs will come together and honor her wish, we recently got shirts that said cranes rule, maybe they should say, Marlene you rule.

    • Kim August 20, 2014 12:43 am

      I got one of those shirts and mom saw mine. Maybe I should write that on the back of mine. She did rule….till the very end….and still does in my book. Thank you everyone for your support of my mom and the organization that she considers family.

  4. Shirley Munz August 19, 2014 1:56 pm

    Heather: I would like to make a correction. The visitation and funeral will be at the Concordia United Methodist Church at 585 Fifth St Prairie du Sac Wisconsin. Visitation 10 AM to noon with the funeral following at noon.

  5. Patti hakanson August 19, 2014 1:52 pm

    I was very saddened at this news this morning 🙁 She obviously was a much loved craniac and human being by many. I wish her peace, and knowing she suffers no more is the only consolation in this sadness. may she “soar on the wings of the colts” this year on their journey to FL, and back home again next winter. R.I.P Dear lady <3

  6. Ruth Mitchell August 19, 2014 12:56 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of this….a wonderful supporter of our program…gone to soon. May her family be filled with God’s peace, grace and love